CHN is a network of volunteers from churches throughout the United States of America and throughout the nations. Our mission and passion is to carry on the Great Commission given by our Lord Jesus Christ.

August 2013

"Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God."  (Romans 10:17)

Dear Friend,

Trusting that all is well with you and your loved ones. Our team is enjoying the summer along with the wonderful times of refreshing. As we slow down a bit during July and August, it is a great time to sit under a tree in a park and soak in the Word of God. We all need these times more than ever as events keep taking our focus towards earthly matters. So much is going on right now. I don't ever recall when we have ever had such serious prayer requests, along with national and local issues to storm heaven for. It seems as if every nation on earth is travailing in pain, and searching for answers. The timing is ripe now to reach out to the lost, to let them know that there are answers, and they can find them in Jesus.

As we walk around our neighborhoods, let us look at every home and every person walking or groups of people standing and talking. Let us pray for all, for salvation, healing, deliverance, and let us be bold in our witness for the Lord. The question of whether we are right about what we say is answered by our love. How do we love? Are we the first one to run to help a woman who just dropped a bag full of groceries on the sidewalk? Are we the first one to call an ambulance or police if we see something wrong, or do we think "let me mind my own business?" What would Jesus do in all these situations? Are we the first one to help bring healing to a broken family? Or do we gossip and call out blame? What is our reaction if someone suddenly yells at us regarding something we did or did not do? Do we scream back, or are we quiet, asking God if it is true. If it is not true, then how do we respond? How did Jesus respond to those who accused Him? Let us learn to not let what others say cause a reaction.  

Our faith in God and in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, has to keep growing in order for us to become more like Jesus. The Bible tells us the way to grow in faith is by hearing the Word of God. Notice, it does not say "reading" it says "hearing." Yes, we must read the Bible in order to learn and grow in Him. We need to memorize Scripture in order to know the Truth of the Word so that we will never be deceived, plus receive them in our spirit man so that we will never lose heart. But Paul tells us in Romans that we need to hear the Word of God in order to have... Faith. (Rom. 10:17) When we became Born Again, that is how it happened. Someone preached, or someone witnessed, or someone prayed for us. We heard the "Word" and received Him. Jesus is the "Word." John Chapter 1:1,2 tells us: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God." Therefore, the "Word of God" is Jesus speaking to us. So when the Word is spoken, it becomes Life to us! Jesus brings life and healing! 

Jesus says He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. (John 14:6) When we go on a trip, we have to choose the right path to reach our destination. Jesus calls Himself the Way because only by accepting Him as Lord and Savior, can we reach our desired destination, which is heaven.

When we need to know "the truth" He tells us what we need to know in His Word. As the Living Truth He sets us free from the guilt and shame of sin, and sets us free. Glory!

One way of receiving healing is by speaking God's Word out loud. There are Scripture promises  in the Bible telling us what Jesus has done for us, so when we not only read these Scriptures, but speak them forth, making them personal, it encourages faith to believe God for them. Jesus calls Himself "The Life" because He brings life to our spirits, which were dead in sin. When we accept Him as Lord and Savior, He opens the eyes of our understanding so that we can see the world with love as He does, and live pleasing to God. (John 10:10; 1 Tim. 6:17; Phil. 4:13; 1 John 4:4) Because we have new life, we will join Him in heaven which is our forever home. Glory!

God has certainly given us what we need to learn so that we can grow in our Christian walk. However, how do we apply these truths to our daily lives? God wants us to eat His Word, He wants us to digest it and make it part of us. How do we do that? When we eat, we open our mouth and fill it and we chew our food to swallow it. When we want God's Word to become nourishment to our soul and body, we therefore open our mouth to fill it with His Word, we chew on it (meditate) swallow it (receive it) and digest it (take it in to nourish us.)

When we need a healing promise, or when we need to know His will in our lives, His Word speaks to us, it heals us, it brings us to the place of peace. God's Word is rich with promises! There is nothing more powerful than spending time with Him, praying, meditating on His Word, reading His Word and making it part of us. There is nothing more powerful than assembling with other believers who will encourage us and pray with us. As God's Word is proclaimed in an Assembly, it goes forth as food for the hungry in heart. God may just speak through a Pastor to give a Word in season that is  really needed.

In His Service,

Pastor Barbara